The Man Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy has said her latest novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” is not a novel which is to be made into a movie.
Roy, who received The Man Booker Prize in 1997 for her first book “The God of Small Things”, was speaking at the Penguin Fever organized by Penguin Random House India .
“It is not a novel that wants to be an essay, it is not a novel that wants to be a film, All it wants to be is a novel. I wanted to write something about the air we breathe and the air we breathe has caste, gender, Kashmir, love, animal and cities and everything. The book reflects so,” the writer said.
“When I started writing ‘God of Small Things’, somewhere in my mind I had set up it as stubbornly visual. It is very visual but I don’t think it will either make a great film,” she said.
“A lot of Hollywood film-makers wanted to buy the rights of the book. My agents back there would say ‘Look Arundhati, they are willing to give you anything you want, but I would say no‘,” she noted.
“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, has marked her return to the world of literary fiction this year, after a gap of twenty long years. Even though it was long listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize it failed to make into the shortlist of six books.